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The water cycle starts here, usually at a pond or lake.
The sun's heat causes the liquid water to turn into water vapor, and rise up into the sky. This process is called evaporation.
Once the molecule is up in the air, condensation occurs.
This is where other water molecules begin to form clouds.
Next, precipitation occurs. This is where it starts to rain.
This is where the clouds get to heavy, and release the water molecules to the ground through the force of gravity.
There are many ways water gets back to the ocean. One way, shown here, is by stream runoff, a stream of water that leads to the ocean.
There are many types of precipitation. That is, rain, snow, sleet, and hail. These are very different types of precipitation that affect the environment differently.
Another way it is used is by transpiration. Water in the soil is soaked up by the roots of plants and trees, like this one!
Water gets to the soil through infiltration. Water infiltrates permeable soil to get to roots or other places.
No matter how water gets back to the ocean (or lakes/ponds), the water cycle repeats, and the water molecules go through the same process again.
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